Potol & Shrimp Malai Curry


One of our favourite, go-to recipes featuring potol ( pointed gourd) cooked with shrimps and dipped in a spicy rich coconut gravy. One of the most underrated vegetables, but when it's cooked right it is extremely delicious.


Ingredients

Cooking Oil / রান্নার তেল 1/4 cup

Potol / Pointed Gourd 7 pcs

Shrimp / চিংড়ি 7 pcs

Onion sliced / পেঁয়াজ কাটা 1/2 cup

Red chilli powder / লাল মরিচ গুঁড়া 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder / হলুদ গুঁড়া 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder / ধনে গুঁড়া 1/2 tsp

Ginger paste / আদা পেস্ট 1/2 tsp

Garlic paste / রসুনের পেস্ট 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste / স্বাদ অনুযায়ী লবণ

Coconut milk / নারিকেলের দুধ 1 cup

Shredded coconut / নারিকেল 1/4 cup

Green chilli / কাঁচা মরিচ 6 pcs

Roasted cumin powder /রোস্ট জিরা গুঁড়া 1 tsp

Coriander leaves / ধনে পাতা to garnish


Directions

  • Wash, peel and score potol (gourd) into small pieces. Set aside in a bowl.

  • Marinate the gourd pieces with a pinch of turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt as per taste. Coat all sides equally. Heat oil in a pan and fry the gourd pieces until it's slightly colored, 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  • Wash, peel and devein shrimps.

  • Marinate the shrimp with a pinch of turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt as per taste. Coat all sides equally. In the same pan, add some oil and fry them for 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  • In the same pan, add 1/4 cup cooking oil and sliced onions. Saute until they onions are translucent.

  • Add ginger paste, garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and saute the spices together. Stir continuously, add little water during sauteing to deglaze the pan.

  • Once the oil separates and surfaces to the top, add salt to taste. Add ground coconut, stir and mix everything together. Add gourd pieces and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Continuously stir to prevent burning at the bottom of the pan, you can add some water to deglaze the pan.

  • Add coconut milk, stir and mix everything together. Close lid and cook for 5 mins over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  • Add shrimp pieces, green chilli, roasted cumin powder and cook for another 5 mins.

  • Garnish with coriander leaves before removing from heat.

Serve hot with hot rice! Enjoy!

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